Originally Posted by Untitled
Good point about Bethlehem. What about the Vatican?
The Vatican did
build one of the grandest structures of all time....500 years ago. At the time, St. Peter's was one of the tallest buildings in the world (~500 feet to the top of the dome) and is still one of the most amazing. Plus, it can call a host of famous designers its architect: Maderno, Michelangelo, Bernini, Domenico Fontana, etc.
This building is somewhat comparable, I would say. I'm not a Muslim, but I understand the importance and the precedent of building one of the world's grandest structures as a celebration of the faith. Like St. Peter's, it is also undoubtedly being built to say "look what we as [insert religion here] can do." Not a bad thing at all, if you ask me.